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Golf Returns Safely to Meru Valley Resort

Golfers in Ipoh are celebrating the reopening of Meru Valley Resort’s 27-hole course, with new social distancing policies to keep everyone safe.

The golf course has been allowed to reopen as part of tentative steps from the government to ease Movement Control Order restrictions. Meru Valley Resort promises socially distanced play, frequent cleaning and health checks to keep everyone safe.

General Manager of Meru Valley Resort, Florence Foo explained: “The safety of our members, residents, guests and staff is our priority. We took a staggered return approach; golf members were first allowed back on to the course, to test new socially distanced playing rules, health checks and booking systems. Then they were allowed to bring guests and now the course is open so that all golfers can safely enjoy the resort.

“We will be conducting temperature checks and a health declaration that must be made by anyone who intends to enter the resort. We are doing everything we can to keep our community safe, which also means golfers have to adhere to a new set of social distancing guidelines.”

When playing a round of golf, signs remind players to remain one metre from each other. There is a limit of one golfer to one buggy and tee times are spaced between 14 minutes to allow more separation between groups and individuals. Rakes have been removed from bunkers and golfers have to hole-out with flagsticks remaining in the cup, to avoid touching common surfaces. Additional local golf guidelines have been imposed to suit the current gameplay.

Golfing member, Joshua Lim expressed: “I missed my weekend golfing very much and I was excited when I got the news that Meru is open for play. I am impressed with the green upkeep and the social distancing policies which have been implemented by the club. It’s great to be back on the greens.”

New scheduled golf course walks allow residents to enjoy the open fairways, Foo added: “Our local community enjoys using the golf course for physical activity at allocated times and different routes, every weekday.” 

Golfers are encouraged to make advance tee-time bookings at golf@meruvalley.com.my or call 605 529 3300/3333. Golfers can refer to meruvalley.com.my/social-distancing/ for updated golfing policies.

The resort’s dining outlets (The Dome, The Terrace Grocery and Café) will be open for takeaways with free in-resort delivery. The tennis courts and driving range are also open. Meanwhile other selected access facilities such as the swimming pool, gymnasium, fitness centre, spa, hairdresser, Common Room, basketball court, mah-jong/card room, playground, children’s room and surau will remain closed under the guidelines imposed by the government.

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Tan Mei Kuan

Tan Mei Kuan graduated with first-class honours and book prize from University of Malaya majoring in languages and linguistics (English). She is proficient in both written and spoken English and Malay. She is also conversant in Mandarin and has knowledge of Japanese and Korean languages. Mei Kuan has been on the Dean’s List for three years running. Having written for the campus newspaper and residential college magazine, joining Ipoh Echo has helped utilise her writing and language skills. In her spare time she enjoys running (races).

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